Ted Cruz on Families & Children

Republican Texas Senator


Amendment to define marriage as between man & a woman

Q: Support gay marriage?

Ted Cruz (R): No. Sponsored amendment to define marriage as between man & a woman.

Beto O'Rourke (D): Yes.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Texas Senate race , Oct 9, 2018

Hispanic values: faith, family & patriotism

The values in our [Hispanic] community are faith, family, patriotism. I campaigned the same here in Houston or Dallas as I did in the Rio Grande Valley, defending conservative principles, telling my father's story of coming to America with $100 dollars in his underwear, not speaking English, washing dishes, having hopes and dreams for the American dream.
Source: 2016 CNN-Telemundo Republican debate on eve of Texas primary , Feb 25, 2016

Defend Judeo-Christian values against liberal fascism

Cruz said Democrats had gone to extremes in their persecution of Christians: "Today's Democratic Party has decided there is no room for Christians in today's Democratic Party. There is a liberal fascism that is going after Christian believers," Cruz said. "It is heartbreaking," Cruz argued. "But it is so extreme, it is waking people up."

"We need leaders who will stand unapologetically in defense of the Judeo-Christian values upon which America was built," he concluded.

Source: TheHill weblog on 2015 Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition summit , Apr 25, 2015

Opposes the unrelenting assault on traditional marriage

Sen. Ted Cruz cast himself as a leading Republican opponent of same-sex marriage during an appearance before a crowd of evangelical Christians in Des Moines. Cruz described the ongoing shift toward legal recognition for gay couples as an "unrelenting assault on traditional marriage," and castigated judges who have struck down prohibitions for "ignoring their oaths, ignoring the Constitution and legislating from the bench."

The issue is one that Cruz said distinguishes him from other potential candidates in what looks to be a crowded 2016 presidential field. While others have de-emphasized or dropped altogether their opposition to same-sex marriage, he said, he would continue to make it a priority.

Cruz delivered his speech to a crowd of about 200 Iowa religious leaders and their spouses behind closed doors in a hotel ballroom in Des Moines.

Source: Des Moines Register on 2015 Iowa Ag Summit , Mar 9, 2015

Mother lost an infant child, Ted's would-be brother

In October 2014, at a women's forum hosted by Palladian View, Ted Cruz spoke about his mother Eleanor's life: She "has had its ups and downs--she's had her challenges."

"My mom when she came out of school she was shortly thereafter married. She had a son, a son named Michael. When he was just a few months old, my mom woke up and she found Michael dead in his crib. It crippled her. It ended up breaking up her first marriage. To this day, I don't know anyone who is more strongly pro-life than my mother is when you see a baby taken from you far too early it makes it personal."

"My mom has been a best friend my whole life and she has been an incredibly fantastic grandmother for our two little girls," said Ted Cruz.

Source: Cruzing to the White House, by Mario Broes, p. 16 , Mar 7, 2014

Alcoholic father gave his life to Christ

In 2014, Cruz spoke publicly about his troubled early childhood for the first time. He told the Values Voter Summit that his parents were alcoholics: "When I was a little kid, my parents were working in the oil and gas industry up in Calgary, Canada. They both drank far too much. My dad, when I was 3 years old, decided he didn't want to be here anymore, that he didn't want to be a dad. So my dad got on a plane and he flew back to Houston. So my mother found herself a single mom with a toddler son. When my dad got to Houston, a colleague of his in the oil and gas industry--he invited him to go to pray. He went to Church and he gave his life to Jesus. It turned his life around. He went to the airport and bought himself an airline ticket and got on a plane and he flew back to Calgary to be with my mom."

"If it were not for my father giving his life to Christ, I would have been raised by a single mother."--Cruz said that story proves to him "faith is real."

Source: Cruzing to the White House, by Mario Broes, p. 17 , Mar 7, 2014

Read "Green Eggs & Ham" to his kids during Senate filibuster

His iPhone is full of photos of Caroline Camille and Catherine Christiane, but the one he likes most is the one of them listening to him on TV when he read them Green Eggs and Ham during his 21-hour Senate filibuster. They were in their pajamas, their laughing faces all lit up with joy. He mentions: "Absolutely nothing I have done in the U.S. Senate has impressed Caroline one bit except for reading Green Eggs and Ham. She said, "OK, Dad, that was pretty cool."

While she is home most nights, on the night of her husband's 21-hour filibuster speech, Mrs. Cruz happened to be out of town for work. When Cruz's chief of staff called her for a suggestion for a bedtime story he could read to his girls from the Senate floor, she recommended her husband's favorite "Green Eggs and Ham." After the bedside story was red, supporters of the health care law said Dr. Seuss had the same message they did: "That if you try something, you just might like it."

Source: Cruzing to the White House, by Mario Broes, p. 58-9 , Mar 7, 2014

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